Wisdom for Winners – Volume Two by Jim Stovall – A Book Review

Wisdom for Winners – Volume Two

By: Jim Stovall

Reviewed By: Richard R. Blake

Sage Wisdom for Contemporary Readers and Future Generations of Winners

Wisdom for Winners – Volume Two is a compilation of the writings of Jim Stovall, president of Narrative Television Network, and author of the bestselling The Ultimate Gift book and movie trilogy.

The book is made up of 10 fast moving, reader friendly chapters, packed with selections taken from Stovall’s Winner’s Wisdom syndicated columns, featuring keys to success in business, economics, and finances. Stovall writes for professional specialists, business entrepreneurs, self-help coaches, and educators. He offers inspiration, motivation, and guidance in areas of facing adversity, time management, character development, the value of wealth, and recognizing and taking opportunity through using applied wisdom.

Stovall is a gifted communicator and story teller. He never wastes words but delivers his message in an easy to read writing style using examples of winner’s who have overcome challenges to become successful.

Jim Stovall’s life speaks for itself; he has enjoyed success as an author of over 30 books, as an athlete, investment broker, and entrepreneur while dealing with the challenge of blindness. In the year 2,000 he was presented with the International Humanitarian of the year award. His life is proof of the credibility of his practical, powerful success principles.

Readers of Wisdom for Winners will agree that we exercise wisdom as we choose to pursue Jim Stovall’s counsel, advice and leadership. Highly recommended.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Sound Wisdom Books, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768410389, $ 19.99, 2016, 224 pages



The Success System That Never Fails, by W. Clement Stone – a Book Review

The Success System That Never Fails – Experience the True Riches of Life

By: W. Clement Stone

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Proven Strategies and Principles to Unlock the Powerful Potential within You – Steps on the Road to Success

W. Clement Stone’s The Success System That Never Fails will resonate with seasoned sales representatives and goal setters, reminding them of past successes and challenging them new aspirations in their career. The book is especially beneficial as a training manual for a new generation sales force. These principles can become the “common denominator of continuous successful achievement in every human activity.”

I was challenged and by Mr. Stone’s inspirational examples of men who have become self-builders, motivated by stories of those who have moved up from rags to riches, encouraged by the successes of those who have taken advantage of opportunity, and heartened by others who have found success after experiencing temporary failure.

Stone’s keen sense of the elements of story model the power of inspiration to motivate the reader to identify, translate, and apply these action principles personally.W. Clement Stone’s Success System That Never Fails will continue to provide practical techniques, motivation to build character, and specific how to examples of developing a positive mental attitude that insures experiencing true riches in every area of life for generations to come.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Sound Wisdom Books, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768408423. $ 16.99, 2016, 248 pages


Jump Start Your Business, By Shawn and Rachael Doyle – A Book Review

Jump Start Your Business – 10 Jolts to Ignite Your Entrepreneurial Spirit

By Shawn and Rachel Doyle

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake, richard330@yahoo.com

Key Concepts and Ideas for Becoming the Architect of You Own Life

“Jump Start Your Business” is written for anyone who has dreamed of starting their own business, for those who already have a business and want to make it better, and for those who want to grow their business to the next level. Successful entrepreneurs, graduate students, and company employees alike will learn from the many key tips, tools and techniques provided for igniting the entrepreneurial spirit within.

The material is well organized, presented in a natural progression of building blocks (the 10 Jolts) with sound principles and guidelines for establishing clear mission and vision statements which lead to articulate personal and professional goals. The discussion on the importance of time management, taking advantage of available resources, and of networking resonated with me.  I also found the chapter on building and maintaining energy while being passionate about identifying tools that motivate and inspire especially helpful.

Other Components include finances, creative thinking, the power of words, and other skills that enable and empower personal growth and success in business round out the 10 Jolts.

Authors Shawn and Rachael Doyle are both experienced in the field of startup businesses, entrepreneurship, advocates of lifelong learning, and actively implementing motivational and training programs. Their writing style is informal, reader friendly, challenging the reader to complete the Work It exercises, included after each chapter, and to work with accountability partners.

This is an important addition to the other “Jump Start “ titles published by Sound Wisdom books.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Sound Wisdom Books, P.O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 9780768407815, $ 14.99,2015, 210 pages



Experiencing the Heavenly Realm by Judy Franklin & Beni Johnson – A Book Review

Experiencing the Heavenly Realm – Keys to Accessing Supernatural Encounters

By: Judy Franklin and Beni Johnson,

Reviewed By: Richard R. Blake

An Invitation to Encounter God in New and Deeper Ways – With a Heart Anchored in another World

“Experiencing the Heavenly Realm – Keys to Accessing Supernatural Encounters” is centered on the theme of invitation. Firstly, it is an invitation to encounter God and His love in new and deeper ways. Secondly it is Judy Franklin’s invitation to the reader to learn from lessons she learned along the way in her spiritual journey, supernatural experiences, and visions while accessing God in heavenly places. The book is designed to experience spiritual growth, and to a new realization of the power of prayer available to believers today.

In this new expanded edition, Beni Johnson’s first chapter “Healing the Whole Man” challenges the reader to recognize that God wants to connect with us, by laying aside the entanglements that keep us from experiencing these heavenly encounters.

The first eight chapters include activation exercises designed to help you, the reader, to “engage with the Holy Spirit and invite the presence of heaven into your life.” I started my own Encounter Journal to discover what it means to lay aside all the entanglements holding me back from entering into God’s rest, to experience a new awareness of His love and of His presence.

Judy Franklin preserves the beauty and innocence of a childlike faith; while exploring and interpreting the deeper hidden mysteries of God in light of the basic tenants of the church. Judy also relates lessons learned from object lessons, and symbols revealed in her visions, of spiritual healing, evangelism, and the ministry of intercessory prayer. Her visions and experiences are reminiscent of the Old Testament prophets and the New Testament visions of the Apostles, Peter, John, and Paul.

The book includes sincere testimonies of men and women, from every walk of life, who have had their own heavenly encounters. Beni Johnson brings an additional challenge and invitation, for the reader to understand from the scriptures that it’sGod’s intention to take us into His realm to uncover his glorious mysteries…to experience God’s love and be changed into His likeness.”

“Experiencing the Heavenly Realm” is for those willing to risk believing in a big God – for those hungering to know God personally, in an interactive unique relationship. The lessons learned will linger in the hearts and thoughts of the reader long after closing the last page of the final chapter.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768410488. – $ 16.99, 2016, 218 Pages





Reinhabiting the Village, Co-Creating our Future, by Jamaica Stevens – A Book Review

ReInhabiting the Village, Co-Creating our Future

By: Jamaica Stevens

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Voices of the Village – Core Values and Common Purpose

“ReInhabiting the Village, Co-Creating our Future” is an amazing collaboration of talented visionary artists, skilled photographers, awesome graphic designers, and expressive writers, from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and collective intellect.

Awe inspiring graphics create a colorful collection of dramatic stories which exemplify the celebration of community projects going on around the world. I especially enjoyed the features on: Media and Story Telling, Transformational Technologies, and Community Land Projects, as they introduced me to the benefits of building community through growing ecological awareness into every aspect of my life. The book is made up of twelve themes designed to “empower the reader through practical wisdom and inspiring perspectives.”

“ReInhabiting the Village, Co-Creating our Future” helped me expand my world view, in mid- rural America, by introducing me to multi-platform narrative and world-building techniques, including: Health and Healing, Art and Culture, Learning and Education, The Urban Village, and, Holistic Event Projects.

Nearly every page is filled with quotable concepts worthy of thoughtful consideration, commitment, and interaction. “ReInhabiting the Village, Co-Creating our Future” will be valued by readers at every level community, individual, corporate, and government, by leaders in industry, education, religion, social, and medical.  Highly recommended for decision makers, innovators, dreamers, and community builders…change makers in every field of endeavor. An invitation to begin or continue in a pattern of life long learning.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Robert D. Reed Publishers, P.O. Box 1992. Bandon, OR 97411, 978-19444297015, $ 34.95, 2016. 346 pages